“Excellent…Langlois de Swarte, his tone clear but with an appealing hint of wiry bite, played with vivacity and wit….A performance to be celebrated.”
-The New York Times
“These are performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening to them. Buy it, tell all your friends: if you’re lucky, this recording will clamp on to you like a barnacle to a boat. It will infuse your life with joy. It might even make you believe again.”
"An idiomatic performance, with a warmly singing violin line...mesmerizing."
“Period violin playing of outstanding Calibre, characterized throughout by pinpoint accuracy, total purity, clean articulation, sensitive phrasing and a flowing sense of line.”
-BBC Music Magazine
“France’s rising generation has some promising names. Topping that list for me is Le Consort founding violinist Theotime Langlois de Swarte….a stunner by any standard."
Duo Recitals with Justin Taylor, harpsichord
Available October 26-31, 2023 & Oct 15 - Nov 3, 2024
PROGRAM: “The flamboyant baroque – 18th century music for violin and harpsichord”
Music and sound are surely the most universal language, and are especially effective in helping us travel through time. With a few strokes of the violin’s bow and animation of the harpsichord’s keys, let yourself be teleported from the London of Handel to the Rome of Corelli, with a visit to J-S Bach in Coethen. Alongside monuments of the repertory, you will discover forgotten gems, rarities unearthed by the musicians from old libraries, and transcriptions of opera arias in the taste of the era. A great journey awaits you!
G.F. Handel: Sonata for violin and keyboard, Op. 1, No. 6
Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata livre III in D-Major, Op. 9, No. 3
Pancrace Royer: “La Marche des Scythes”
Jean-Philippe Rameau: “Tendres Plaintes” from Suite No. 1 (arr. by the performers)
Rameau/Guignon: variations on “Les Sauvages” (arr. by the performers)
Nicola Matteis: Fantasia for solo violin
John Eccles: “The Mad Lover”
Henry Purcell: Prelude in G-minor
Eccles: Sonata in G-minor
J.S. Bach: Sonata in C-minor for violin and keyboard, BWV 1017
Bach: Andante BWV 974 (after Marcello)
Archangelo Corelli: Sonata for violin and keyboard Op. 5, No. 12 (“Follia”)
Current as of: August, 2022
“Performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening” [Gramophone]; “A stunner by any standard” [The Strad]; and “Mesmerizing” [The New Yorker] – these represent common reactions upon encountering violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte who is rapidly emerging as a much sought-after violin soloist (on both baroque and modern instruments), chamber musician, recitalist, and conductor.
Recognition has come in the form of major awards, including the 2022 “Diapason D’or of the year” for his recording of Vivaldi, Locatelli, and Leclair concertos (harmonia mundi), and the 2022 “Ambassador of the Year” award from the European Early Music Network (REMA), along with multiple additional recording awards and a February, 2022 cover story in The Strad magazine.
In solo appearances on both baroque and modern violin, de Swarte regularly offers concertos by all of the baroque masters, along with those of Haydn and Mozart. He has appeared with Les Arts Florissants, Holland Baroque, Les Ombres, Le Consort, and Orchestre National de Lorraine. His engagements have brought him to prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, and the Shanghai National Art Center. 2023 marked debuts at Carnegie Hall, at Wigmore Hall, and his first tour of Australia.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte studied at the Paris Conservatory under Michael Hentz, and became a regular member of Les Arts Florissants at William Christie’s invitation in 2014, while still a student. He has since appeared as soloist with the ensemble, and will perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with them on North American tours in spring and fall, 2025. He has also appeared in recital with William Christie, including a 2021 recording of sonatas by Leclair and Senaille (“Generations” on harmonia mundi).
As co-founder - with harpsichordist Justin Taylor - of the baroque ensemble Le Consort, de Swarte can be heard on numerous highly-acclaimed recordings including “Specchio Veneziano”, “Opus 1”, and “Royal Handel”, all on Alpha Classics. Le Consort has performed widely throughout Europe, and their debut North American tours in 23/24 will take them to (among others) Montreal, Boston, Washington, Kansas City, Berkeley, Chicago, St. Paul, Louisville, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
Besides William Christie, frequent recital collaborators include harpsichordist Justin Taylor and lute player Thomas Dunford. De Swarte has recorded two chamber music albums on modern violin: “An invitation at the Schumann's” with Trio Eluard, and “A Concert at the Time of Proust” for which he used the newly-restored Davidoff Stradivarius at the Philharmonie de Paris Museum.
Forthcoming recordings include an album of Haydn concertos (with Les Arts Florissants), and two major Vivaldi projects, including “The Four Seasons”, all on harmonia mundi.
Alongside his instrumental work, de Swarte is emerging as a conductor. In 2023 he led performances at l’Opera Comique of Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (with Les Musiciens du Louvre at Marc Minkowski’s invitation) and Gretry’s Zemire et Azor (at Louis Langrée’s invitation).
Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. He plays on a Jacob Stainer violin of 1665 loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation, and an Allessandro Gagliano from 1700 on loan from the Zylber Association.
October 2023. Please discard any previously or undated versions.